Excerpt: "The player with the most difficult job of all today might be Jerrel Jernigan, who lines up in front of David Wilson on kickoff returns and, if he deems it necessary, has the responsibility of holding Wilson in the end zone.
“If it’s too deep, I’m going to play it smart, jump in front of him with a stop sign so he doesn’t bring it out,’’ Jernigan said.
The hope for Jernigan and the Giants is for Wilson to take the ball out on every kickoff, but that won’t happen. Playing inside the Georgia Dome, where the surface is smooth as glass and the wind never blows, Falcons punter Matt Bosher, also a kickoff specialist, is tied for ninth in the NFL with 35 touchbacks.
Wilson is coming off a record-breaking performance with 227 kickoff return yards in the 52-27 victory over the Saints, and he has the leeway to take the ball out from as deep as five yards into the end zone.
Good luck, though, trying to get Wilson to take knee no matter where he catches the ball.
“He’s not going to listen to that rule, rightfully so,’’ Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes said. “I think he should see what they got with the first couple, and if they’re covering really well then you just take a knee. The ball’s gonna fly pretty well in there.’’